Another member of Congress crossed his name off the list of potential candidates for mayor of Chicago Wednesday — Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)
A mayoral bid by the freshman congressman was not highly anticipated, but the race was thrown wide open when six-term Mayor Richard Daley announced his retirement in September. Nine-term Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) turned down a run last week.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Quigley said he wants to remain in Congress and represent the district he has served since he won a special election to fill the seat of Rahm Emanuel, who left to become White House chief of staff.
Emanuel left that post earlier this month to run for mayor of Chicago.
Illinois's fifth congressional district contains part of Chicago's North Side and some of the city's suburbs. During his time in Congress, Quigley has stressed gay rights and government reform.
Quigley did not say who he is backing in the crowded field of candidates, which includes Emanuel and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.